May 15, 2001
Carnevale Chosen to Receive Fourth NACDA Merit of Honor Award
CLEVELAND -- Ben Carnevale, NACDA past president (1979-80) and former director of athletics at the College of William and Mary, has been chosen as recipient of the fourth Merit of Honor Award from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). This marks only the fourth time in NACDA's 36-year history the Merit of Honor Award has been presented.
The Merit of Honor Award recognizes an individual "whose superior integrity is displayed in tireless commitment to the highest ideals of athletics in general and intercollegiate athletics in particular." The inaugural Merit of Honor Award was presented to former National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle in 1989. The second award went to Bob Bronzan, former director of athletics at San Jose State University in 1991; while the third award was presented to Joe Crowley, former president of the University of Nevada-Reno and the NCAA,
Carnevale will receive his award at NACDA's 36th annual Convention, June 10-13 at the Little and Grand America Hotels in Salt Lake City. The ceremony will be held on Monday, June 11, at the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon.
Ben Carnevale has been involved in collegiate athletics since the 1930s as a member of the 1934 national championship New York University basketball team. Shortly after, he embarked on a coaching career that began at the high school level before he accepted the head coaching job at the University of North Carolina. After compiling a 51-11 record and guiding the Tar Heels to an NCAA championship game in two seasons, he accepted the same position at the U.S. Naval Academy. During his 20-year stay at the Academy, Carnevale became the school's winningest coach (257-160) and made six post-season tournament appearances. In his first year at Navy, he was named National Coach of the Year.
Carnevale was named director of athletics at his alma mater, New York, in 1966 and served in that capacity until accepting the same position at the College of William and Mary for an 11-year tenure. He was a NACDA Executive Committee member (1968-72) and ascended through the Association's officer rotation, culminating with his presidency in 1979-80.
Carnevale was on the U.S. Olympic Basketball Committee for 20 years and served as its chair in 1954. In addition, he served as president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the International Basketball Board, the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and as chair of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) basketball tournament. He was honored as the NACDA/NIT Athletics Director Award winner in 1985 and was inducted into the NACDA Hall of Fame the following year. He has been inducted into the Helms Basketball (1966), the Naismith Basketball (1970) and NYU (1976) halls of fame.